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Leopoldo Federico: his whole life to tango

Leopoldo Federico was one of the great figures of our tango. He was conductor, composer and bandoneonist.
Tango
01 October, 2019

Leopoldo Federico arrived in the world on January 12, 1927, in the neighborhood of Once (City of Buenos Aires). Leopoldo Federico arrived in the world on January 12, 1927 to give his whole life to tango, although then no one knew it yet.

He defined himself very well: “I am what they call a cadenero bandoneon who with a gesture or a look ends up joining all the instruments and I take them with me in the bandoneon”. Over the years, he became conductor, composer and bandoneonist. His arranger capacity also allowed him to create novel versions of old scores.

In his early days, he participated in the Cobián, Gobbi, Balcarce, Salgán, among others. Then he formed a duo with Atilio Stampone. From 1953 to 1967, he was conductor of the Radio Belgrano Stable Orchestra and created two quartets: Los Notable del Tango and Pa’que Bailen los Muchachos.

Between 1960 and 1964 he accompanied the popular Julio Sosa. As a solo bandoneon, he performed with Mariano Mores and Carlos García, among others. He was summoned by Astor Piazzolla to join the Octeto Buenos Aires. He received countless awards and awards as a director and composer. He was declared an Illustrious Citizen of the City of Buenos Aires and received the distinction Senator Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Since 1986 he was president of the Argentine Association of Interpreters (AADI).

Leopoldo Federico died on 28 December 2014. He left us, however, an invaluable legacy and inspired the new generations to continue to carry tango around the world. Because he left, but left us his great love forever with us.

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